Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium – Best Photos

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Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium - Best Photos

The Duchess of Cambridge joined an
England rugby training session at Twickenham Stadium on Wednesday following
confirmation of her two new patronages.

Kate, who has already hinted at some of her skills in a fun Instagram
video, met England players, coaches and referees at her first public outing
with the Rugby Football Union.

The Duchess has become the patron of the RFU and Rugby Football League,
taking over the roles of her brother-in-law, Prince Harry.  

Kate, wearing a black England rugby top, black sports leggings and
trainers, was asked whether she was ready for her session as she was greeted at
Twickenham.

The Duchess replied: “Absolutely. I’ve got my kit on.” She
switched into a pair of rugby boots as she headed onto the pitch.

Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium - Best Photos

During her visit, the Duchess met members of the men’s and women’s
squads and their coaching teams as they prepare for the Six Nations
Championships.

Kate heard about their hopes for the upcoming year, including for the
Women’s World Cup, which will take place in New Zealand in the autumn, and how
the pandemic has impacted the sport over the past two years.

She then joined the players for a skills session on the pitch, run
by Head England Coach Eddie Jones.  

Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium - Best Photos

Ahead of her outing, Kate said in an Instagram post: “I am so
thrilled to become Patron of the Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union
– two fantastic organizations who are committed to harnessing the power that
sport can have in bringing communities together and helping individuals
flourish. I look forward to working with them across all levels of the games,
and to cheering England on in what promises to be an exciting year for both
sports! C.”

Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium - Best Photos

Kate is a known sports enthusiast and has attended rugby matches in the
UK, as well as the Six Nations tournament in Paris in 2017.

And in a piece for Vanity Fair in 2014, the Duchess’
younger sister, Pippa Middleton, wrote about her family’s love for the sport: “Rugby
was a big thing for our family, and the focal point was international matches,
which were often played on Saturday afternoons and were as much social as
sporting occasions. We’d plan our weekends around the big matches, a quick bite
to eat at halftime or lunch on our laps, typically a chicken potpie or
something equally cosy and English. If we lost, my dad would be in a state of
despair for the rest of the afternoon, as if he’d actually lost the game
himself.”

Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium - Best Photos

Kate looked like she was having the time of her life during the training
session! 

Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium - Best Photos

The Duchess couldn’t stop giggling as she was lifted into the air during
a training drill. 

Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium - Best Photos

There’s a chance we could see Kate and her husband, Prince William, get competitive later this month. The Duke is
patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales will take on England at Twickenham on
Saturday 26 February in the Guinness Six Nations 2022. 

Kate Middleton Showcases Her Rugby Skills At Twickenham Stadium - Best Photos

Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football Union said. “It
is a great honour to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron. Our
aim is to enrich lives, introduce more people to rugby union, develop the sport
for future generations and create a successful thriving game across the
country.  As rugby clubs have re-opened across the country, players,
officials, and volunteers are celebrating being back in the game
together, and we know the support of The Duchess will be greatly valued
from our grassroots clubs and fast-growing women and girls’ game, right up to
our elite Men’s and Women’s England teams.”

 

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